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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 5 years)

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    Pros

    I consistently feel like I work with the best and brightest. The diversity of employee backgrounds brings rich value to project work and to the client. If you need to augment your team's skill set with something else, you will absolutely find it either through your network or resource management. I also consistently feel that the work we do is making an impact.

    Cons

    The company has changed a great deal since going public a few years ago. Pressures on utilization have increased greatly - the amount of people getting a "lack of work" notice has increased. People are not given adequate credit for all of the extra proposal/BD work they do on top of billable work... the pressure to be billable is higher, yet the expectation to do BD work "in your free time" remains the same. This makes work/life balance challenging at times. Additionally, the higher you are promoted, the more "expensive" you become... which makes it harder to stay billable (you will no longer be considered for certain roles, given your cost as a resource). It seems a strategy to pressure senior leaders to grow their teams, if we are over-hiring then letting people go a few months later. Benefits have changed dramatically for the worse and pay increases are nowhere near what they used to be. The retirement plan and healthcare benefits are MUCH worse than they used to be (albeit still better than many other firms.) You will be lucky if you get a 2% increase, so it does not keep pace with inflation certainly. There are no bonuses. The firm is an extremely political place to work. Your success is highly dependent on having a strong set of advocates and a big network. There are many overlapping "sandboxes," so you must be careful not to anger the wrong group of people.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider your hiring strategy - stop over-forecasting growth, expecting senior leaders to aggressively hire, and setting them up to fire people a few months down the road because they can't find project work. It is demoralizing to the entire firm. Maintain parity across accounts in pay ranges to avoid the perception of unfaireness.


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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Started with an employee referral. Had a phone screen with a recruiter 10 days later. 2 weeks after that I interviewed by 3 people, one at a time. Each asked behavioral questions. Lots of delving into specific situations mentioned in the resume.

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    No negotiation on initial salary

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Most Admired Companies , Fortune Magazine, 2014
Top 100 Military Friendly Employers , GI Jobs, 2013
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Website www.boozallen.com
Headquarters Mc Lean, VA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1914
Type Company - Public (BAH)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Accenture, Deloitte, PwC

Where will you take your career? If you are serious about taking on a challenge, expanding your mind, and making a difference, Booz Allen Hamilton is your next step. Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 100 years. Today, the firm provides services primarily to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets ... More

Mission: Our Mission: Booz Allen is committed to ensuring that our clients succeed by integrating leading ideas and technologies into their missions. We strive to operate as a strong, independent public company that acts with integrity and offers our people unparalleled professional opportunities to thrive in diverse, collaborative teams.

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